Students invited to sign up for political internships in Spring 2013

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Lawrence Nitz, (808) 956-8665
Department of Political Science
Jon Matsuda, (808) 956-2026
Outreach College
Posted: Oct 12, 2012

Sean Callahan, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Dr. Larry Nitz
Sean Callahan, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Dr. Larry Nitz
Applications are now being accepted for the UH Manoa Undergraduate Political Internship Program in Spring 2013, during which selected political fellows and interns will work in government offices instead of attending classes.

UH Manoa students who will be juniors and seniors next semester may apply for the full-time fellow assignments in up to four offices of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.  In addition, there are full-time intern assignments in the Governor’s Office, Lieutenant Governor’s Office, the Office of the City and County of Honolulu Prosecutor, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Hawaii State Legislature.

All fellowships and internships are awarded on a competitive basis and involve full-time assignments to the sponsoring offices. Students earn 15 credits through three 5-credit courses, and receive scholarships to cover in-state tuition costs and appropriate incidental expenses. Additionally, students selected as Congressional Fellows will each be provided with additional scholarship funds to cover the costs of roundtrip airfare to and from Washington, D.C., and a room-and-board allowance. 

Deadline for application is Wednesday, October 31, 2012, with details and requirements online at

Through meaningful, hands-on work experience, combined with an academic program, students are given an up-close view of the top levels of government, plus the skills to advance in a variety of professional fields.

Said Sean Callahan, Former Congressional Fellow and current staff member of Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, “I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I was selected for the Manoa Congressional Fellowship, but now looking back, it was a great opportunity that continues to open doors for me.  A couple weeks after arriving in D.C., I had already been integrated into the operations of a congressional office and watched a foreign head of state address a Joint Session of Congress.  I can’t tell you how to put a capstone on your experience at UH Manoa, but for those of you with an interest in politics, one thing is for sure: There is something about being a part of the process here in Washington that you will never learn from a textbook.”   

The program is supported by the UH Manoa Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the College of Social Sciences, and Outreach College.  For more information, call Dr. Larry Nitz at (808) 956-8665.


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